Swollen Wrist for a Racer – Cross the Relief Finish Line!

Swollen Wrist and Racing

A swollen wrist is a common sports injury. I was recently visited by a cyclist. He had a minor bike accident. During a 10k race, he collided with another racer. He was thrown from his bicycle. Luckily, a swollen wrist was his only injury. However, the injury definitely got in the way of his training.

Diagnosis

  • I did a routine examination of the wrist. I noticed there was quite a bit of tenderness around the area. The patient was complaining of limited mobility. He also had pain and stiffness around the joint.
  • My first step was to rule out a break or fracture. The x-ray showed that there was no damage to the bone in the wrist or hand.
  • I asked for a description of his fall. I wanted to know how he landed on his hand and wrist. From this, I determined that he had a wrist sprain.
  • Sprains are extremely common and can happen to anyone. The ligaments and tendons around the wrist were stretched in a way that is not normal. For this type of injury, there is often pain and swelling in the joint. In this racer’s case, the fall he experienced injured his wrist. There was a sprain and bruising. This also resulted in a swollen wrist.

Treatment

  • The best remedy for a swollen wrist is to limit the amount of movement in the joint. I immediately wrapped the wrist in a bandage.
  • I suggested that the racer limit activity for about a week to 10 days. Keeping pressure off the area and rest will heal the sprain and repair the stretched ligaments in a short time.
  • In addition, I also recommended an ice compresses to reduce swelling.
  • I advised hime to get an over the counter pain reliever, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. This would help with the discomfort.

A swollen wrist can be an uncomfortable problem to deal with for a racer. You need to be at 100% when participating in a 10k challenge. Also, their normal routine can be impacted. The most important thing to remember is this extremely common injury can heal quickly as long as you follow a few simple directions and keep your focus on crossing the finish line.

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